Breaking news today here at 420 Pony as we look at the Felix ID system that uses nano-tech to barcode your weed. Parent company STI is an agricultural technology think tank who developed this solution to improve current methods to track marijuana. It isn’t live just yet and the company’s website is undergoing some remodeling.
STI will market Felix ID to law enforcement and growers as a solution to the sticky web of burgeoning cannabis commerce. Is this the solution we’ve all been waiting for? Or is it a hard sell for consumers who are used to keeping their cannabis use quiet?
What Is Felix ID?
Felix ID is a relatively simple system that boils down to applying a nano-tech enhanced water to plants. Once this is applied, anyone can easily access tons of info through a wireless sensor and smartphone app.
STI asserts that their proprietary water solution is nontoxic. They also refer to the process as a safe water tattoo for the plant. The sensors read the tattoo and suddenly all of the plant’s transit history and composition is available. The goal is to enhance public safety and protect cannabis growers’ brand identity.
Potential Benefits of Felix ID
STI cites specific potential benefits to consumers, growers, and law enforcement who use their tech to barcode your weed.
Felix ID For Consumers
Imagine being able to access a Leafly like directory of information about any cannabis purchase simply by scanning it with a sensor at the dispensary. Felix ID delivers this, allowing customers to exercise incredible choice in their cannabis shopping. For instance, levels of CBD and THC will display alongside information about the grower. Additionally, participating growers guarantee that their product is safe and regulated by using this method.
In this way, consumers avoid exposure to mold and fungus frequently found on cannabis. They can verify purity of the product and protect themselves from pesticide residue. Buyers can also dial in their ideal level of CBD for medical marijuana use or THC for recreational use.
Felix ID For Growers
Formerly underground, growers are suddenly able to establish branding in the same way anyone else in the agriculture space. They can openly grow and distribute their product in areas where cannabis is legal for recreational and medical use. Barcoding your weed makes sense for them and the alternatives before Felix ID were bulky. Conversely, Felix ID offers customers the ability to buy from growers they already know and trust without removable barcodes.
This approach establishes brand loyalty that growers can capitalize on. It also allows them to leverage their authority in the industry to attract new customers and influence policy. Perhaps most importantly, a lightweight and reliable ID program will protect growers from accusations of illegal distribution in prohibited areas.
Felix ID For Regulators
The benefit of Felix ID for regulators and law enforcement is pretty obvious. It’s also the biggest potential concern to old school smokers.
As it stands now, it’s easy to transport cannabis from states where it’s legal to puff to areas where it isn’t. If Felix ID takes hold, law enforcement can easily track the source of marijuana, access information about the plant itself and the grow operation it comes from, and collect evidence for their cases.
In these murky waters where weed is legal in your neighborhood but not next door, barcoded cannabis is fodder for total paranoia.
Barcoding Your Weed: Wonderful or Terrifying
If the whole world legalizes cannabis tomorrow, Felix ID is a pretty neat idea. That’s highly unlikely, however. I know several smokers who are freaked out just thinking about traceable marijuana.
Not to mention the direct correlation between hippie types with a predictable aversion to smoking bud encoded with nano-tech and the demographic of marijuana users. The 420 Pony doesn’t have access to the raw data on how safe the tech truly is and until then, we’ll hold on to our healthy skepticism.
That being said, the tech is interesting. It’s also intriguing to think about the future of cannabis on the same level as tomatoes. Someday soon pot will be managed through conventional agri-tech methods.
For now, drive alert and arrive alive about this hot issue. Barcoded weed could be coming your way in the near future.